Welcome to my web site. Here is a catalog of interesting and useful
web links I've collected over the years, photos I've taken on various
trips, some software I've written, etc. Thanks for visiting.
In early 1996, I wrote my first interesting Java program, a world map viewer. It may take a few minutes to load, especially if you're not using a
high-speed Internet connection, but it's fun to play with.
My favorite programming language is Scheme, which is a dialect of Lisp. It's simple, elegant, and powerful, and there are several excellent
implementations of it, including MIT/GNU Scheme, GNU Guile, Chibi, Racket, and SCSH. See the Scheme section of my list of Programming links for more information.
In 1982, Big Five Software published Weerd, a video game I had written for the Radio Shack TRS-80. Thanks to the amazing progress of modern computer hardware and the great work of two emulator writers, you can now run Weerd in your browser.
You can use my countdown calendar program, written in Scheme, to count the days left until any event
you choose, like a wedding, a vacation, the start of your retirement,
or the end of the world. Every day on the calendar will be labeled
with the number of days remaining. You can print out the calendar and
mark the days as they go by.
For the sake of nostalgia, I'm hosting an old version of the Jargon File here.
My wife Kristine and I love to travel. Here are a few places we've
|Europe Through the Back Door, 1999
In June and July, 1999, we went on a Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door trip. We visited the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and France in just over three weeks. It was a wonderful tour, and a terrific introduction to the continent. I want to go back!
I couldn't possibly recommend a tour company more highly. The trip was extremely well organized, our guides were terrific in every way, and we did an awful lot of traveling without feeling rushed.
In August, 2000, we visited Japan. We visited my brother Joe, who taught English in Fukuoka at the time. Next, we visited Kyoto with Joe and his girlfriend (and now wife) Akiko, then traveled by ourselves to Tokyo.
|Europe Through the Back Door, 2002
In May, 2002, we went on a second Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door tour, The Best of Village Europe (no longer offered), this time with Kristine's parents. We visited Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, and Spain in just over three weeks. We want to go back! Once again, the Rick Steves travel experience was fantastic.
|East Brother Light House, 2003
In February, 2003, we stayed over night at the bed and breakfast at East Brother Lighthouse in San Francisco bay. We stayed in the Marin Room. It was a wondeful experience, with beautiful views, excellent weather, delicious food, and innkeepers who were a lot of fun.
||In May, 2004, we traveled through Greece on yet another terrific Rick Steves tour.|
In April, 2005, we took a one-week trip to France to see family. We had a wonderful time exploring Paris for a few days, then snuck off to see Monet's garden at Giverny, only a short train ride away. Later, we made our second trip to Strasbourg together. Finally, we returned to Paris for a few days, and enjoyed a night-time sightseeing ride on the Seine on a Paris Vedette. It's hard to believe we saw so much beauty in just one week.